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Bruce Peel Special Collections - Dr. Ronald B. Madge Entomology Collection

Bruce Peel Special Collections

This collection offers access to a selection of materials in the Dr Ronald B Madge Entomology Collection of books, pamphlets, and broadsides (posters) housed in Bruce Peel Special Collections at University of Alberta.

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As a student of entomology, Ronald Madge spent his summers working for Canada’s Department of Agriculture on insect surveys in southern Canada, Alaska, and the Canadian high arctic. After completing his doctoral dissertation on the classification of the coleopteran genus Lebia at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr George E. Ball, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, Dr Madge was employed from 1965 to his retirement in 1992 at the insect identification and taxonomic research division of the Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, part of the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau (now CAB International). Dr Madge reports that his work in several “wonderful libraries” in London, particularly in the extensive library at London’s Natural History Museum, made a lasting impression and inspired him to help his alma mater's library (University of Alberta Library) strengthen its holdings of entomology’s classical works. His generosity has allowed Bruce Peel Special Collections to build one of the great collections of historic entomology, a collection that is notable for books, pamphlets, and broadsides (posters) of both scientific significance and great aesthetic beauty. The collection was featured in a Peel library exhibition curated by Professor Ball in 2004-05 entitled, The Art of Insect Illustration and Threads of Entomological History.

The Vivarium; Or, Insect-Home. 

Featured item: The butterfly vivarium, or, Insect home: being an account of a new method of observing the curious metamorphoses of some of the most beautiful of our native insects Humphreys, Henry Noel, 1810-1879.

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